01 August 2022Share
Open Day season has started at ACU with seven of our campuses welcoming visitors. The Blacktown campus kicked off on Saturday 30 July, buzzing with activity as people poured in to find out what university life can offer in the heart of their community.
Events at our other two Sydney campuses, and those in Brisbane, Melbourne, Canberra and Ballarat will be held over the next month, with a virtual Open Day on 10 September for those who can’t make it to a campus on the day, and of course for anyone who wants to ask more questions.
Visiting a university campus can be daunting if you are not sure where to start or even what you want to study. We are here to make that journey easier for you, with staff and current students on hand to answer questions, show you round and give the inside running on everything from how to get in to uni, what courses to study, social life, getting involved, what you can study at our Rome Campus, and choosing to study via our Online Campus.
You can tell a lot about a university by its Open Day. You can discuss course options and admission pathways, talk to real students, and find out more about student life and support services. You can also get a feel for the campus – at on-campus Open Day you can wander around facilities in real life, and at an online Open Day you can check out photos, videos and virtual tours.
As Open Day is such a great resource for learning more about your study options, it pays to do a bit of preparation before the day. That way you can be sure you have made the most of it. Here are our tips for a great Open Day.
Explore the campus
One of the biggest advantages of an on-campus Open Day is it allows you to explore the grounds and facilities. You’ll also be able to go on a guided campus tour so you can see everything the campus has to offer – from study spaces like labs, lecture theatres and the library, to cafes, sports facilities, and student lounges.
If you can’t attend an on-campus Open Day, don’t worry. Our Open Day website has a range of photos and virtual tours you can check out. And you can book a guided campus tour anytime throughout the year.
Prepare some questions
There are lots of experts at Open Day, and they are all there to talk to you. So, it’s worth taking the time to think about what you would like to ask when you get there.
Maybe you want to ask about entry requirements, pathways into a particular course, entry programs, timetables or placements? There is no wrong question. And it helps to jot your questions down on a piece of paper or in your phone to make sure you don’t forget to ask on the day.
Plan your day
Most universities will have a website for Open Day where you can view the program and see the locations and times of activities and sessions. As some sessions are only run once, it’s a great idea to plan your day in advance so you can make sure you don’t miss anything you really want to see.
For our Open Days, we provide a free online planner you can use to build your itinerary for the day. You can browse the program, add sessions of interest, and save or print your planner to use for the day.
Talk to the people in the know
A big part of a university is its people – so make sure you talk to as many staff members and students as possible.
And don’t forget to talk to current students. They live the student experience, so will be able to give you honest and informed answers to your questions. And like you, they were weighing up study options not long ago, so they’ll have some great advice.
Get down to the nitty gritty
Don’t be afraid to ask tough questions. Like: “All universities offer exercise science – so why should I choose you?” Or: “I’m thinking of applying to University X and they do Y or Z – how does that compare to what this university offers?”
We won’t hold it against you, far from it. We understand – you’re making a huge decision, it’s only fair you have all the information.
Go to more than one Open Day
Every university is different, and they all have their pros and cons. So even if you’ve made up your mind where you want to study, it’s a good idea to go to a few different Open Days. It may reassure you that you’ve made the right decision, or it may provide some new options you hadn’t considered before.
Either way, Open Days are free – so you have nothing to lose by going to a couple. Remember, you’re making a big decision, so it doesn’t hurt to shop around before you commit.
What if I can’t attend an on-campus Open Day
If you can’t make it to an on-campus Open Day, you still have plenty of options.
At ACU, we’re running an online Open Day to answer questions across all our campuses, so you can explore information and resources on our website while chatting to one of our study experts live. If you’re still keen to visit one of our campuses, you can book a guided campus visit.
Safety and wellbeing come first – so you can rest assured all ACU Open Days will adhere to the public health regulations in place at the time of the event. And remember, if you’re feeling unwell, please stay at home and join us online instead.
Blacktown Open Day, on campus
Saturday 30 July, 10am – 2pm
Brisbane Open Day, on campus
Saturday 6 August, 10am – 2pm
Strathfield Open Day, on campus
Saturday 6 August, 10am – 2pm
Melbourne Open Day, on campus
Sunday 7 August, 10am – 2pm
North Sydney Open Day, on campus
Saturday 13 August, 10am – 2pm
Ballarat Open Day, on campus
Sunday 14 August, 10am – 2pm
Canberra Open Day, on campus
Saturday 20 August, 10am – 2pm
Saturday 10 September, 10am – 2pm (all campuses)
Find out more at ACU Open Day
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Monday to Friday
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